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Ten Mile River Greenway, named for the waterway it parallels and not its length, runs 3 miles through a serene and green corridor connecting the City of East Providence and Pawtucket. The southern end of the paved pathway begins at the Kimberly Ann Rock Memorial Athletic Complex, a popular spot for local sporting events, where you’ll find a large parking lot flanked by trees. If a game is playing when you arrive, restrooms will be available, but the bathrooms are otherwise locked. The trail also does not offer any drinking fountains, so be sure to pack water.
The greenway heads north, loosely paralleling the state’s border with Massachusetts, and winds through leafy woodlands with an occasional pine tree. To your right, the adjacent river glimmers through the leaves. At intermittent spots along the trail, you can hop off your bike and walk down to the waterfront, where you might see swans gliding through the calm water. Interpretative signage about the area’s flora and fauna can be found trailside.
As you near the 2-mile mark, you’ll approach Slater Memorial Park on the left, with a large parking lot, picnic tables, and portable toilets. As you continue forward, keep your eyes peeled for a tan building just off the trail to the left; you won’t want to miss it, as it houses a beautiful Looff Carousel built in 1895. In addition to leaping horses with bejeweled saddles, it offers lions, dogs, and a giraffe to ride. Inside you can buy tickets, snacks, and cold drinks. At the nearby boathouse on the banks of a large pond, you can also rent swan- and dragon-shaped paddleboats to enjoy on the water.
A little farther on is the trail’s only street crossing at Armistice Boulevard. Beyond it, the last mile of the trail has a few gentle climbs and curves that vary the experience. The pathway ends as it began, at a large parking lot, this one for the Doreen Ann Tomlinson Sports Complex.
To get to East Providence’s Kimberly Ann Rock Memorial Athletic Complex at the southern end of the trail, take I-195 E to Exit 4 to US 44/Taunton Ave. Take Taunton 0.8 mile; it becomes Waterman Ave. Cross S. Broadway then bear left onto Hall St. and in 0.1 mile bear right onto Taunton Ave. Continue 0.4 mile to the intersection with Pawtucket Ave. and turn left (RI 114/US 1A). In 1.5 miles, at the intersection with Newman Ave. and Ferris Ave., bear right onto Ferris; the sign for the Ten Mile River Greenway parking is about 0.5 mile on the right.
To get to Pawtucket’s Doreen Ann Tomlinson Sports Complex at the northern end of the trail, take I-95 N to Exit 29 (Cottage St.). Turn left onto Cottage St., and in 0.3 mile bear right onto Central Ave. In 1.3 miles turn right onto Daggett Ave., and in 0.3 mile take a left at the baseball field to enter the parking lot.
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